Milestones

Year(s)
Milestone
1955
Voters approve a $1.2 million bond issue to construct the facilities needed for the community's new water district, the Cucamonga County Water District. 
1956
Basic local water system construction is completed and becomes operational in September. 
1957
A water system development plan is adopted by the District and a subsequent bond issue in the amount of $3.7 million is approved by the voters of the District. This plan includes the acquisition of 14 private water companies and the development of additional water supplies and storage facilities. 
1963
The District's service area continues to expand and extend eastward to include Etiwanda and portions of the City of Fontana. The District obtains additional water supplies by developing the surface water sources in Deer Canyon and Cucamonga Canyon. 
1979
The District establishes a connection to the State Water Project pipeline. The Royer-Nesbit Water Treatment Plant, the District's first treatment facility, is constructed to treat water from the State Water Project in addition to local surface flows from Day Canyon and East Etiwanda Canyon. 
1980s
New deep wells are constructed in both the Cucamonga Basin and the Chino Basin in order to meet the growing demand for water. 
1989
The District constructs its second treatment facility, the Lloyd Michael Water Treatment Plant, to treat water from the State Water Project. The plant has the capacity to treat 45 million gallons of water per day, and can be expanded to treat 90 million gallons of water per day if needed. 
1992
The District enters into a memorandum of understanding with Kaiser Resources to lease Fontana Union Mutual Water Company shares owned by Kaiser. This entitles the district to approximately 50% of the available usable water on an annual basis. 
1993
The District is notified by the California Department of Health Services that the Cucamonga Canyon water source is subject to the Surface Water Filtration and Treatment Disinfection Rule. The District determines the canyon water is a reliable and good quality source and authorizes the construction of a third treatment facility to treat the water. 
1997
The Arthur H. Bridge Microfiltration Treatment Plant, the District's third treatment facility, becomes operational in October. This plant has the capacity to treat 4 million gallons of water per day and uses a state-of-the-art microfiltration process, which is an ultra low-pressure membrane process, to remove impurities in the water. 
2000
The District completes construction of a new Administrative Facility, located at 10440 Ashford Street. The total cost of the new facility is approximately $6.3 million. The facility is approximately 26,700 square feet and houses all District office staff. A Dedication Ceremony takes place, and features Congressman Joe Baca and California State Senator Nell Soto as speakers. 
2001
The district secures a valuable local water source when it finalizes the purchase of Fontana Union Water Company stock, previously leased from Kaiser Ventures. Also this year, the District is honored as one of the "Top Companies to Work for in the Inland Empire." 
2003
The District completes construction of its new Operations Facility, located next to the administrative facility on Ashford Street. The building is 42,000 square feet and cost approximately $7.1 million to complete. 
2004
The Cucamonga County Water District formally changes its name to the Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD), as a direct reflection of the community served by the District. 
 2010 Winter storms washed out the District facilities at the Arthur H. Bridge Water Treatment Plant that captured water in the Cucamonga canyon which accounts for 10% of the CVWD's water supply.   
 2012 The District embarks on one of its largest construction projects in its history. The Lloyd W. Michael Water Treatment Plant undergoes a major renovation to its treatment process in order to comply with recent changes made to drinking water regulations set by the U.S. Environmental Projection Agency. In addition to the treatment process upgrade, CVWD will increase the reliability of its water system by increasing reservoir storage at the plant. 
 2013 The District began work to rehabilitate the Cucamonga Canyon intake facilities and replace the existing membrane technology with pressure filtration at the Arthur H. Bridge Water Treatment Plant. 
 2014 Arthur H. Bridge Upgrade- The Arthur H. Bridge Water Treatment Plant was constructed in 1997 to treat Cucamonga Canyon water. In 2010, winter storms caused significant damage to the facilities. In 2013, CVWD began to rehabilitate the Cucamonga Canyon intake facilities and replace the treatment technology at the Plant. The Bridge Plant reopened in June 2014 and can treat up to three million gallons per day of high-quality canyon water, helping CVWD become less reliant on imported water.
 

100th Recycled Water Customers- The District announced that its 100th recycled water customer came online in May 2014, helping the District to further secure a reliable water supply for customers.  Recycled water is a valuable water resource that can be used on landscaping and in some commercial business processes. One of the main benefits of using recycled water is that it enables CVWD to reserve the potable (drinking) water for inside homes and businesses, as well as for other human consumption purposes. These kinds of changes enable CVWD to preserve more water on a yearly basis, and more importantly during dry seasons.

$5 million grant received from Prop 50 funding used for UV disinfection facility- The District received $5 million in state funding through a Prop 50 grant for upgrades to the Lloyd W. Michael Water Treatment Plant. The Lloyd W. Michael Water Treatment Plant treats imported water that is used by nearly 200,000 people throughout the CVWD community.  The Prop 50 grant will help fund the new UV disinfection facility, a process that uses ultraviolet light to treat the water.

 2015 Completion of construction at Lloyd W. Michael Water Treatment Plant- The Lloyd W. Michael Water Treatment Plant upgrades were completed in 2015, resulting in the District’s largest project since the original construction of the Treatment Plant in 1989. Changes to the federal Clean Drinking Water Act required the District to add a process for improved water quality treatment. The upgrades included the addition of a six million gallon reservoir for increased onsite storage. Total project costs were just over $40 million. 

60th Anniversary- In March 1955, the Cucamonga County Water District held its first board meeting, and began the task of searching for the water that predominantly agricultural driven region thrive.  Though the Cucamonga region looks very different than it did 60 years ago, the District continues to identify and secure the water necessary to provide for the region.

Governor Declares Drought Emergency-
 In May 2015, the CVWD Board of Directors adopted a resolution increasing water conservation requirements to a Stage 6: Severe Water Emergency requiring 35% conservation by all customers. Drought rates went into effect for the first time in CVWD history. The Board's action was taken in response to the State Water Resources Control Board's resolution adopting emergency regulations for water conservation by all cities and water agencies. Restrictions were lifted one year later and CVWD customers saved an average of 27% water.  

 2016 Arrowhead Partnership- The District partnered with Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water to construct a groundwater treatment project within the Cucamonga groundwater basin that will increase the availability and reliability of local water supplies by producing an additional 237 million gallons of available clean drinking water in the area each year.  The project reduces the District’s reliance on more expensive sources of water imported from Northern California and it will help offset a significant portion of the project’s cost.   

District of Distinction Award from Special District Leadership Foundation- CVWD received the “District of Distinction” accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) for its sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations.    

Water Meter Upgrade- The District initiated the process of upgrading residents’ water meters.  The new meter upgrade will enables customers to access more detailed information about water usage, providing another tool to help use water efficiently.